Club Atlético Nueva Chicago
|Full name||Club Atlético Nueva Chicago|
|Founded||1 July 1911|
|Ground||Estadio Nueva Chicago
Mataderos, Buenos Aires
|2012-13||20th (releged to Primera B via play-offs)|
|Website||Club home page|
Nueva Chicago is an Argentine sports club based in Mataderos, a neighborhood in the west side of Buenos Aires, formerly called "Nueva Chicago". Club's nickname, El Torito (The Little Bull) is an allusion to 1930s legendary boxer Justo Suárez, known as El Torito de Mataderos (The Little Bull of Mataderos).
On July 1, 1911, a group of young people from 15 to 30 years old, met in a public park, more specifically on the wooden bridge located in the corner of Tellier and Francisco Bilbao Streets, to form a football team. The name chosen was "Los Unidos de Nueva Chicago", naming Pedro San Martín as President, along with Felipe Maglio as Vice-President.
The club's activities started on an empty lot located behind a slaughterhouses.
There were many proposals to define the team colors. Some wished to adopt the colors from Alumni, red and white; others suggested to use Racing Club colors, light blue and white. During their discussion, a truck loaded with bundles which had green and black colors went pass the Campana (today Crovara) Avenue. Those colors were immediately adopted as club colors.
Promotions to Primera División
The first time Chicago promoted was in 1930, when winning the Primera B title after disputing a championship playoff with All Boys and Temperley. Chicago debuted in the Asociación Amateurs Argentina de Football (the amateur rival league of the professional Liga Argentina de Football) in 1931, playing there until 1935 when the LAF merged with the professional league, being all its teams relegated to second division. In 1932 Chicago played a relegation playoff with Sportivo Buenos Aires and Sportivo Palermo (which would be finally relegated to second division due to points average). One year later the team made a great campaign, finishing 2nd after champion Sportivo Dock Sud with only 3 losses over 19 matches played.
Nueva Chicago would not play in the top division of Argentine football until 1981, when it won its second Primera B title. The team played 22 matches, with 14 draws and 6 losses. Chicago also scored 66 goals and conceded 40.
The third promotion to Primera was in 2001 in the Estadio Chateau Carreras after defeating Instituto de Córdoba 3-2. 12.000 Chicago fans attended to the stadium, celebrating the goal scored by Oscar Gómez in the last minute of the match, after running 50 metres with the ball.
Relegation and hooliganism
In 2007 Chicago was in danger of being relegated again due to the poor campaign done in past seasons. In June Chicago had to face Tigre playing two matches to define which team would be remain in Primera. Tigre won the first game 1-0. The following match was played on June 25, 2007. When Tigre was leading Chicago 2-1 (and therefore relegating Chicago to Primera B Nacional) hundreds of Chicago's hooligans jumped into the field without being stopped by the police (although there were 200 police officers in the stadium), taking off the uniforms to players and then attacking Tigre's supporters which were peacefully celebrating their return to Primera División. The violent acts continued outside the stadium, where the hooligans of both teams clashed and a fan of Tigre, Marcelo Cejas, was hit by a brick and killed.
Punishment and new relegation
A month after the violent struggling, the Court of Discipline of the Argentine Football Association punished Nueva Chicago with the loss of 20 points for the 2007-08 Primera B Nacional tournament (although 18 points were finally deducted). Moreover, the Government of Argentina closed Chicago stadium for 20 fixtures, therefore the team could not play at its venue during all 2007-08 season and had to use other stadiums, mainly the Argentinos Juniors and Ferro Carril Oeste facilities.
At the end of the season, Chicago totalized 52 points that finally were 34 (when the deduction of 18 points was applied), which forced the team to play the Promoción again, facing Los Andes. The team from Lomas de Zamora won both matches (1-0 and 2-0), relegating Nueva Chicago to Primera B Metropolitana, the third division of Argentine football.
Current squad of Club Atlético Nueva Chicago as of August 6, 2012 (
Manager: René Kloker
- Primera B: 2
- 1930, 1981
- Primera C: 1
- "Iniciación de Nueva Chicago" - Pueblo de Chicago website
- Argentina 2nd. level 1930 - RSSSF
- Argentina 1932 amateur - RSSSF
- Argentina 1933 amateur - RSSSF
- "Chicago festejó en grande el ascenso", Clarín newspaper, 2001-06-10
- "Otra vez el fútbol en segundo plano", ESPN Deportes, 2007-06-25
- "¿Quién asesinó a Marcelo Cejas?" Clarín, 2007-09-27
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